MVRVD to transform Russian factory to mix-use development

Dutch studio MVRDV has won a competition to renovate a 58-hectare steel factory in Moscow into a major new quarter that offers housing, offices, schools and a hospital.

The firm overcame competition from four other firms to land the Serpi Molot (Hammer and Sickle) factory redevelopment which is one of Russia’s oldest industrial enterprises, taking its name from the symbol of Communism.

MVRDV’s proposal uses the existing streets, buildings and spaces as the basis for the mix-use development which allows for historical structures such as chimneys to be preserved. Meanwhile, larger factory halls will be replaced by apartment blocks with central courtyards

The project was born to answer the question: “How could the remarkable history of the steel factory be combined with the demands for the creation of a new, attractive, modern urban neighbourhood in the centre of the Russian capital?”

A park will be set across the centre of the site, forming a green spine that includes playgrounds, sports facilities and open-air markets.

Shops will be located on the ground floors of the apartment blocks while the factory’s old transport loop will become an elevated pathway around the neighbourhood, offering views across the city.

Plans were worked on alongside Russian studio Proektus and Dutch firm Laplab for the Russian developer Donstroy.

The project is scheduled for completion by 2021.